NBA 09 Playoffs: Mavericks Chances, Magics Hopes, Lakers Fate
What an intense and exciting NBA 2009 Playoffs it has been thus far.
Ranging from the elbow from Dwight Howard to the head of Samuel Dalembert, to the "what did I do?" football truck stick hit from Derek Fisher on Luis Scola, to the outstanding buzzer beater wins, and without a doubt, one of the best first round series matchups (Celtics-Bulls) in NBA history.
The NBA is where amazing happens. You know that, I know that, we all know that.
With only six teams remaining in the second round—Cavaliers advance, so they do not count—there are still many eyebrow raising questions that come about when discussing who will make it to the Conference Finals.
Maverick's Got a Chance?
Alright, so the Mavs are down three games to one against an outstanding Denver Nuggets team. Do they really have a chance at coming back and advancing?
Let's see since next game is going to be played at Denver.
On the season, the Mavericks went zero and two at Denver. The one eyebrow raising concern is they lost both those games by three points or less.
During the two games at Denver, the Mavs lost by 14 and the other by 12.
So, I come to ask the question once again, do the Mavericks have any chance at winning this series?
Game Five will really determine the fate of that question.
If Dallas can somehow pull out a victory in Denver, their chances of making a historic comeback will sky rocket to extreme heights, especially since Game Six would be played back in Dallas.
Magic's Hopes Down the Drain?
After an upsetting buzzer beater loss at home and an outstanding 11 point comeback victory in the fourth quarter by the Celtics, the Magic have one final hope in advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Down three games to two in the series, Orlando will get the golden opportunity to redeem themselves (once again) back at home.
The burning question is whether or not they have it in them to capture a Game Six win.
We all know the Magic must have been completely devastated after last night's loss. But guess what, they deserved to lose.
They gave up, and not only did they give up to just any team, it was against the defending champions. The team with probably the most heart left in the entire playoffs, especially without their "Big Ticket" in Kevin Garnett.
So are the Magic's hopes and dreams more than half way down the gutter, or can they pull out a victory at home?
You decide. Post a comment, I would like to hear your opinions on this one.
Laker's Fate in Their Own Hands
With Yao out for the rest of the playoffs, you know the Lakers gained all the confidence in the world to advance to the Western Conference Finals. Now up three games to two against the Houston Rockets, the Lakers are determined to finish the series back in the big state of Texas.
Can they do it? Of course they can, they have the best player in the entire league.
Will they do it? That fate of that question lies in the players themselves.
Will they come out playing like they have all season long, or will they start the first quarter down 17 points to four like they did in Game Four?
I know the true answer to that and most LA fans do as well.
The Lakers will ultimately end this series, once and for all in Houston. S
orry Rocket fans, your team played absolutely phenomenal, even with all the terrible injuries that came along the way, but the truth of the matter is that the Lakers will crown themselves victorious in Game Six.
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